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15 Day Meditation Journey in Nepal and Bhutan

Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal

Meditation Retreat Nepal and Bhutan

With this Meditation Journey in Nepal and Bhutan, you start our first six days in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, where you explore the sacred areas of Swayambhu, Pharping, Namo Buddha and Boudha Stupa – listed to be some of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage spots in the world. After becoming acquainted with the Nepali Buddhist cultures of the Himalayan region, you travel to the other sacred Buddhist land of Bhutan. You spend 8 days, embarking on a journey where you get to both observe and learn about the spiritual heritage of Bhutan, as much as taking time to practice yourselves and take in the many blessings of this place.

Meet the instructors

Sisse & Alex
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Highlights

  • Daily Dharma talks
  • Daily meditation practice
  • Introduction to the Buddhist Philosophy
  • Visit many different sacred and cultural sites
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


14 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 21 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will be accommodated in a hotel selected by Himalayan Hermitage.

Program

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. You will drive straight to the guesthouse in Boudha, five minutes walking distance to the sacred Boudha Stupa. There may be time to rest from the journey or go for a walk to the Boudha Stupa. In the afternoon there will be an introduction to the meditation journey by instructors Alex d’Artois and Sisse Budolfsen.

Day 2 - Full day in Boudha

Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. You will have your introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, you walk to the Boudha Stupa and Shechen Monastery, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu. You get to visit Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s meditation room, the founder of Shechen Monastery and one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of out time. You have dinner in Boudha and overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 3 - Hike from Kopan to Shivapuri National Park

Morning meditation and breakfast. After breakfast you start your 6-7 hike that day up to Kopan and from there across the Northern hills of the Kathmandu valley to Shivapuri National Park. On your way you stop at Nagi Gompa, a nunnery nestled in the national park and we pay homage to Tulku Urgyen, the late founder of the nunnery and one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of his generation. You take your lunch at the nunnery before doing the last stretch of the hike up to the beautifully located cottage where you will stay for the next coming nights. Dinner and overnight at the cottage.

Day 4 - Full day at the cottage in Shivapuri National Park

Morning meditation and breakfast. You spend the full day at the cottage in the Shivapuri National Park. Free morning and lunch at the cottage. In the afternoon you have a meditation and philosophy session followed by a sunset view over the Kathmandu valley. Dinner and overnight at the cottage.

Day 5 - Drive to Swayambhu

Morning meditation and breakfast at the cottage. After breakfast you drive to Swayambhu and settle into the hotel which is a 20-minute walk from the Stupa. You take lunch at the hotel.

Day 6 - Fly to Paro / Bhutan

After breakfast you depart for the international airport and fly to Paro, Bhutan. You visit Dhuntse and Kyichu Lakhang – the house of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of this century. You spend the night at a lovely resort.

Day 7 - Jala Dzong

After breakfast, you drive to up the hill behind the dzong to begin your walk to Jala Dzong. You have lunch at camp and then visit the Dzong and enjoy the day at this location. This is also a famous location for encountering the national flower of Bhutan – the blue poppy – but only during summer season. You spend the night camping at Jala Dzong.

Day 8 - Camp at Lataykha Monastery

After breakfast, continue your walk to Lataykha monastery, which as retreat location for Buddhist practitioners of the region. From this location, you can enjoy Great views of Hemphug Monastery, Bemri, and Phurdo Gompa.

Day 9 - Hike to Bemri, the site of the 100,000 dakinis

After breakfast, you walk to Bemri a sacred site which is known as the mountain of 100,000 dakinis who took flight from here. You continue hiking for visits at Dhunkalha or Phurdo Gompa and return to hotel by vehicle. You spend the night at a beautifully located resort in Paro.

Day 10 - Chele La and Kilay Nunnery

You rise early for the drive to Chele la and visit Kilay gompa (nunnery) along the way. You have a picnic lunch at the top of the pass where you will get great Himalaya views if the weather is clear. After this continue down the back side of the pass to Haa valley. You spend the night at a beautiful farmhouse.

Day 11 - Visit to Shekhar Drak and Thimphu

You visit Shekhar Drak (dedicated to Avalokitsvara) and continue on driving the back road of Haa. You will stop for a picnic lunch at the scenic Dobsey Dzong. You continue onto Thimphu and check into the hotel. In the afternoon – free time for exploring the city. Prior to dinner, you pay a visit to the Dordenma Buddha which sits above the city and overlooks the entire Thimphu valley.

Day 12 - Return to Paro

You spend the morning (half day) in Thimphu – select from visits to: Zorig Chusu the School of 13 Traditional Arts, Textile Museum, the Traditional Medical Center or Memorial Chorten. Lunch in Thimphu and then return to Paro with a stop at Tamchoe monastery the famous location of Iron bridge builder Thang Thong Gyalpo and see his chain bridge and other relics located here. You spend the night back at a beautiful resort in Paro.

Day 13 - Taktsang/ Tiger's Nest

You begin your early morning pilgrimage walk to Taktsang Monastery or the famous Tiger’s Nest. On the way back down, you have lunch at the Taktsang “cafeteria”. Return to the hotel where an optional Bhutanese hot stone bath can be organized (at an additional cost) and a farewell dinner for your last night in Bhutan.

Day 14 - Return to KTM

You return to Kathmandu, Nepal by morning flight and spend your last night in Boudha. Free day and farewell dinner at Roadhouse in Boudha, with direct view to the Stupa.

Day 15 - Departure

Day of departure. They provide transportation to the airport.

Instructors

Sisse Budolfsen

Alex d'Artois

Location

Your first six days starts in Nepal, where you will be exploring the sacred areas of Swayambhu, Pharping, Namo Buddha and Boudha Stupa. The next eight days you will be exploring Bhutan, famous for its Buddhist spiritual heritage.

Food

Three daily healthy vegetarian meals are served throughout the journey.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 14 nights / 15 days accommodation
  • All accommodation, meals, and transport in Nepal and Bhutan
  • Experienced guides and instructors
  • Return flight between Kathmandu and Paro (Bhutan)
  • Healthy, vegetarian meals
  • Daily Dharma talks and introduction to meditation
  • Notebook for journaling during the pilgrimage

What's not included

  • International flight ticket to Nepal
  • Personal insurance during the pilgrimage
  • Personal visa to Nepal (25 USD for 15 days / 30 USD for 30 days to be purchased upon arrival)
  • Any alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage
  • Tip to local guide and porters

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Fly to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The visa for Nepal is easily obtained upon arrival and costs 25 USD for 15 days or 40 USD for 30 days.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday November 8, 2020
Departure: Sunday November 22, 2020

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